Category: Reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #2)

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traitor to the Throne follows Amani’s new (and very exciting) life as a rebel. However it isn’t long before Amani is captured and sent to live with the Sultan’s harem (which is hilarious considering that she is involved with one of his sons and working for the other). What follows is a wonderfully intricate plot of deceit, betrayal and secrets. I LOVED IT ALL.
I’ve tried reading this book thrice. The first time I was just confused as it had been so long since I read “Rebel of the Sands” and I couldn’t remember most of the plot, the second time I was in a book slump and found this book painfully slow to read. I ended up reading 50 pages and then the ending (which I forgot shortly afterwards).
I finally got around to finishing it and while it did take me a few days, it was difficult for me to put it down. This was a gripping, emotional read that left me in tears.
There were so many surprises at the end that I think I’m going to need a while to process everything before I move on to Hero at the Fall. (Now that the series is complete, if you haven’t read it already DO IT!!!)

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #2)

Legendary (Caraval, #2)Legendary by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Picking up shortly after Caraval, Tella needs to make payment for freeing Scarlett from their awful father. The price of her freedom requires her to find Legend’s real name- something no one knows. However Tella isn’t giving up so easily and in order to get Legend’s true name, she joins the new Caraval game. Once again, everything is not as it seems and no one can be trusted. Caraval is supposed to be just a game but when everything is so real how can you tell what is reality and what is part of the game?
It was interesting getting a look at Caraval from the perspective of Tella since she’s been part of the last Caraval performance. I also enjoyed getting to know her more as a character. However Legendary seems like a retelling of Caraval just with a few minor changes. Girl looking to save family? Check. Dodgy love interest that you don’t know if you can trust? Also check. Confusing Caraval clues and games? Check. However they say if it’s not broke, don’t fix it and this formula still works for book two. This was a wonderfully compelling read which I devoured in a single reading. My only regret is that I was left with a huge book hangover and I cannot wait a year to read the third book. This book was magical and I loved it.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Picking up a few months after the events of “A Court of Wing and Ruin”, this is more of a “Where Are They Now” kinda novel (why so much shopping, Feyre? Are you shopping for the entire Night Court? Are you bored coz you have so much money you don’t know what to do???). This book takes a look at everything and everyone post-war and while life at the Night Court is pretty good, not everyone is happy. Nesta is going through some odd angry phase (as always), faeries are mourning the lost of loved ones in the war and the future of Prythian is uncertain. While this is a pretty sweet book there is the air of this being the calm before the storm.
I used to think that Sarah J Maas couldn’t write anything that was not incredibly depressing, heart-breaking or involves multiple people being killed. This book was a pleasant change of pace.
Originally I found this book pretty slow and boring but eventually I grew to enjoy it. It was the happy ending we all deserved after all the horrors of ACOMAF and ACOWAR. This was a great read and my only regret was that it was not published during Christmas. This was a wonderful, feel-good read which I devoured in hours!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Grisha Verse #2)

Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Picking up shortly after the first book, Alina and Mal try to live a regular life away from Grisha magic and the problems that come along with it. However it isn’t long before they are discovered by the Darkling and his new team of monsters (Seriously that guy is like a damn roach. CAN HE NOT DIE?)
The Darkling still has plans for Alina and her magic. But Alina is not the girl she once was and will not go quietly. I loved how Alina’s character has developed. She is stronger and more sure of herself.
However, the more she tries to fight against the Darkling and his power to save Ravka, the more issues she seems to create between herself and Mal.
This book would make an excellent drinking game if you took a shot everytime Alina called “Mal”or everytime they had issues. I understand that they are still teens and angst is part of the YA world but COME ON! Can’t they be like Kaz and Inej and put their issues aside for a while? There is an entire world at stake.
I feel like at this point I am just tolerating them just so I can find out what happens to the Grisha. I ship Grisha. Mal and Alina can go be fed to the Darkling’s monsters.
That being said, the ending of this book blew me away and I had to get the next one immediately. Mal and Alina have one more book to stop getting on my nerves with their teenage relationship issues.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Picking up shortly after “Six of Crows”, “Crooked Kingdom” follows Kaz and his gang as they plan their revenge after being double-crossed. Kaz wants his money and he wants his Wraith back. This is both personal and business. But while Kaz and the team are trying to stay alive, avoid the police and save Inej, Ketterdam is overrun with foreigners hoping to cash in on jurda parem in some way. There is also a new threat to Grishas (because when it rains, it pours) everywhere- a new type of being hunting the Grisha.
I felt like this book had a slower pace than “Six of Crows” but I enjoyed how this book showed that even the great Kaz Brekker makes mistakes and can be caught in his own traps. After finishing this book, I was left heart-broken and desperately needed more. After binge-reading this series it was impossible to think that I would no longer wake up and go to work while listening to this story. I needed to know more about these characters and their lives. What were their childhoods like? When would I see them again? What were they doing at this exact moment? Are they okay? I developed a very unhealthy attachment to this world and I love it. This was a compelling read and I loved the many plot twists and turns. I can’t wait to read the other books set in the Grishaverse.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Six of Crows follows dirty hands Kaz Breker as he tries to assemble a crew to do the impossible – break into one of the most heavily guarded prisons and kidnap a prisoner.
His team consists of a gambling sharpshooter, a heart render and the man who wants to kill her, a girl who specializes in secrets and a privileged youth.
If they don’t get killed, this job will leave them rich and able to achieve their wildest dreams. Of course the tensions between them mean that they will have to learn to work together first.
Compelling, well-written with incredible world building this book was such an adventure. The characters are funny and colourful. The plot was surprising and suspenseful. There were crazy twists around every corner which I loved! After finishing this, I had to get the next book immediately. This book is definitely worth all its hype.

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Book Review- The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

The Wren HuntThe Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I loved it so very very much. There are no words to express how delightful I found this book but I will try.
Wren is an augur- she sees patterns that predict the future. But the augurs powers are slowly draining away. In order to save her family, Wren takes an internship with the mysterious and powerful judge Cassa Harkness. Wren’s real job is to be a spy and report anything that could help the augurs win against the judges. It also involves Wren spending constant time in the presence of the boys who chase and humiliate her as part of a “game”.
From the very start of this book I was just as terrified of these boys as Wren was. They are bullies who think nothing of using physical violence to get their way.
This was a well-written book with flawless world-building and many twist and turns. The day that I received this book, I had previously seen it all over my social media feeds and for good reason. This is a pretty unique read and I would love to read more. Because of what I had heard about this book, I made a game out of guessing the plot and while I was pretty close, this book still managed to throw me for a loop which was so fun! Definitely read this if you’re a fan of fantasy fiction. THIS BOOK IS GOLD!!!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ravka is divided by a creepy place of darkness called the Shadow Fold. The Shadow Fold is crawling with bloodthirsty creatures such as the volcra who eat humans. Plain Jane (and utterly boring) Alina Starkov crosses the Fold with her regiment and is attacked. Several people die but when her best friend is attacked, Alina manages to save him wiith a mysterious power she didn’t even know she had. (Can you tell how skeptical I am about Alina? Because I am really trying to hide it. She’s a sweet girl. Just very boring. And not smart. Anyway…)
Alina is sent to train as a member of the Grisha- a group of people with special powers. However, Alina isn’t just any Grisha. She is one of her kind and incredibly power. And her power could save Ravka.
This is all incredibly cliche but let’s go with it (you’ll see why in a minute). As Alina adjusts to her new life as a Grisha, she discovers that nothing is as it seems in her new home.
This was a great read but I didn’t think that the ending was much of an ending. It just felt kind of incomplete. It was like the story was pausing when I desperately needed more (thankfully I had the next book already). Definitely DO NOT read this unless you have the entire series. I’m currently dragging myself through the second book because I don’t want to finish it without having the last one with me.
This was a well-written book with an intriguing plot. Alina annoyed me with her obsession with Mal and their love story seems forced to me (I support another ship) but I’m hoping she’ll grow out of it with time.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

The Perfect GirlfriendThe Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Perfect Girlfriend” follows Juliette, a possessive and slightly psycho ex-girlfriend who is determined to show her ex, Nate that she’s perfect for him in every single way and dumping her was a mistake. She gets a job as an airhostess at the airline he works at, she stores his favourite snacks in his apartment and she tries to stop him from dating anyone else.
The first 150 pages was painfully slow and I didn’t enjoy it at all. And then I did what I always do when it comes to mystery novels and I skipped to the end (DON’T DO THIS). What I found left me speechless and I picked the book back up with renewed enthusiasm.
However after reading the entire book I don’t feel like the end is an end. It’s certainly interesting but I feel like there could have been more to the book afterwards.
This was a shocking unpredictable read which I enjoyed however I don’t think it was that memorable (i.e there will be no rereads here). Juliette was great as an unreliable narrator and while her past was tragic I found it overdone. I especially enjoyed her character. She is intriguing, twisted and so very terrifying. It was great seeing everything from her viewpoint and that put an interesting spin on this book.
I don’t think I’ll recommend this to anyone because I simply found it okay (although if you’re someone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers, you might be interested in this book).

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Book Review- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to reread this series before I tackle Hero at the Fall. I was in a reading slump when I read Rebel of the Sands AND Traitor to the Throne so I needed to renew my excitement for this series before it ends.
Amani dreams of leaving her deadbeat town and when she encounters Jin, she gets the opportunity to do so. But on their way out of the town, the two of them keep getting caught up in trouble, adventures and encountering mystical creatures (none of which I have EVER seen before). The only way I can describe this novel without spoiling anything is to say that it is totally unique. It was surprising and unpredictable and I loved every second of it. Since I read this so long ago and was in such an awful book slump , I also couldn’t remember lots of details about this book. Rereading was a great way to get back into this world and I can’t wait to binge-read the rest of this series. If you haven’t read this yet, now is the perfect time to binge the series.

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